Author Topic: LIVE: Delta IV-M+(5,2) - NROL-47 - Vandenberg - January 12, 2018  (Read 87482 times)

Offline ZachS09

A final launch replay being shown.

With the news blackout in place, and based on the NROL-45 mission in February 2016, confirmation of mission success should be delivered to us within about an hour-and-a-half. And I guarantee you a press release WILL be issued.

I'll see you all next time; good afternoon.
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Wrapping up coverage.

Showing launch replay.

End of webcast.
« Last Edit: 01/12/2018 09:17 PM by Steven Pietrobon »
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The prelaunch burn off of the LH2 always makes me wince! Phew; what a scorcher...
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I'm always surprised by how much the DIV, especially the Heavy, roasts itself, even with ROFIs.  Here's a screencap of the "lightly singed" core, just after liftoff.

And now we wait for confirmation of success.
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The prelaunch burn off of the LH2 always makes me wince! Phew; what a scorcher...

Almost seems like the ROFIs didn't work, that's the most burnt I've seen a Delta since Delta IV Heavy's first lunch, and by far the blackest single stick...

Edit: I'm not saying it's bad and not that it's not designed to ignite, just seems different man what we've seen recently
« Last Edit: 01/13/2018 12:14 AM by Graham »
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Great work with the coverage with all the delays, thank you! :)
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Noted: the 1st stage insulation got a scorching this time after engine ignition!

(It is "designed" for such an occurrence, but it appears to have been "more than usual," compared to recent Delta IV launches?)
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Offline Chris Bergin

Now we wait for @torybruno to tweet "124". Single core Delta IV signs off from her West Coast career.

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https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/01/ula-delta-iv-nrol-47-launch-vandenberg/ - By William Graham

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Great views and sound from Jalama Beach. 8.5 miles southeast of SLC-6. This park is closed for most south Vandenberg launches as the polar trajectory goes directly overhead. Today's launch while not overhead, was only a few degrees from the zenith. As close as I've ever been to being under a departing vehicle. A few pix attached video and more high resolution stills later.

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GIF of the normal scorching as the excess hydrogen gas gets burned off.

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Looks like a miniature right out of a 1960's SciFi movie!

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Looks like a miniature right out of a 1960's SciFi movie!
Don't give the Hoaxtards any ideas :( ;)
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Looks like a miniature right out of a 1960's SciFi movie!

More like from a Gerry Anderson show.  Thunderbirds or Captain Scarlet.  That terrain and sky just a wall mural.

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"How would you like your Delta IV? Lightly charred, mostly charred ... or fireball?"  ???

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While we await confirmation of a good flight, here’s an extra picture published by ULA.
« Last Edit: 01/12/2018 09:55 PM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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who needs a toaster when you got an RS-68!  ;) ;) :D
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"How would you like your Delta IV? Lightly charred, mostly charred ... or fireball?"  ???
Waiter, please tell the chef that I want a (un)healthy char on the exterior, but leave a juicy center. :D
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: 30th Space Wing Public Affairs, www.vandenberg.af.mil


DELTA IV NROL-47 LAUNCHED FROM VANDENBERG

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Team Vandenberg successfully launched a
United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance
Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 here, Friday, Jan. 12, at 2:11
p.m. PST.

Col. Greg Wood, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the space launch
commander.

"This was an incredibly important launch for the 30th Space Wing and our
mission partners," said Wood. "The entire team - the 30th Space Wing, the
National Reconnaissance Office, United Launch Alliance, and others -  worked
hand-in-hand to ensure this launch was safe and successful. This was an
outstanding effort by everyone."

This satellite was launched aboard a Delta IV Medium (5,2) configuration
Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle. Established by the U.S. Air Force, the
EELV program provides assured access to space for Department of Defense and
other government agencies.
Tony De La Rosa

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